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Maggie Carlson


Associate Principal, Irvine

Nature will always push the field of structural engineering... We are always adapting and updating in order to hold back the forces of nature."

Maggie has been providing clients with efficient structural designs and exemplary customer service for more than a decade. She currently oversees the firm's Irvine office, where she mentors staff and keeps tabs on surrounding market trends. Having worked in California her entire career, Maggie has a deep understanding of the area's stringent seismic requirements. She has overseen a diverse collection of projects, including commercial, institutional, military, mixed-use, and residential, utilizing a wide range of building materials, including wood, reinforced and pre-stressed concrete, steel and masonry. Maggie strives to maintain consistent communication with clients throughout projects, from initial designs to groundbreaking to ribbon cutting.

What is your favorite part about the profession?
My favorite part is being able to see my work when I am driving down the road. Whether it is a small restroom building or a large apartment complex they all represent hard work and provide me with a great sense of pride.

Why do you like being a structural engineer?
I enjoy being a structural engineer because there are always new things to learn and our profession is always evolving and adapting. It keeps you on your toes and challenges you on a daily basis.

Why did you get into this profession?
I always enjoyed building things and understanding how things were put together. This pushed me into Structural Engineering once I started attending UCSD and I knew it was the perfect fit for me the second we started building bridges out of spaghetti.